Eos Energy Storage and energy equipment firm Holtec International are creating a joint venture to produce Eos’ next generation of large-scale zinc batteries.
Enough with the Amazon Prime Day 2020 date delays and speculation. The official details have been announced by Amazon and its deals marathon will finally happen next month.
Prime Day 2020 deals begin on Tuesday, October 13 and extend into Wednesday, October 14, lasting a full 48 hours, according to the company. Like in past years, the sales will be exclusive to Prime customers, so you’ll need a membership, or at least the 30-day Amazon Prime free trial.
Amazon has also told TechRadar that “throughout Prime Day, members can shop with confidence that they’re getting low prices that won’t be beaten this year” – which means when it comes to the retailers own-brand devices, you won’t be seeing them plummet to a lower price during the Black Friday shopping period.
This Amazon Prime Day date has been a long time coming. Amazon’s mid-year deals usually happen in July, a way to tide us over until Black Friday and Cyber Monday every year.
Now, because of Covid-19 delays, all three of these shopping events will butt heads. That seems like a good thing for consumers eager to see price drops on AirPods, cheap laptops and 4K TVs.
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Spend early to help small business
One of the key differences this year in the build up to Prime Day is a new initiative from Amazon to encourage buyers to spend with small businesses – and can see you get bigger discounts on Prime Day deals.
If you spend $10 / £10 at selected businesses, Amazon will credit you back that amount to use on Prime Day itself as way of supporting these smaller outlets.
It’s not all small business, and you’ll need to head to Amazon’s dedicated supporting small business page to find the qualifying products (it’s not easy to tell which are part of the scheme just browsing the site, as you’ll need to spot the little ‘support small businesses like this one’ banner at the top of the product listing) but if you’re in the market for things like pet supplies or electronics accessories already, this is an easy way to get a $10 / £10 voucher come Prime Day.
Prime Day deals predicted
Amazon Prime Day 2020 will be very different from past Prime Days for a couple of reasons: the dates have shifted, new in-demand video game consoles are launching (namely PS5 and Xbox Series X), and people haven’t been to stores in large numbers in months.
Prime Day deals could help relieve in that pent up demand for online shopping with big discounts and, in turn for Amazon, lure more members into the Prime subscription service.
No coincidence on the timing, Amazon also just launched a new lineup of Amazon Echo and Ring products. The new Amazon Echo (2020) range is spherical, more powerful and (apparently, as we’ve not been able to try it in these Covid-facing times) will sound more impressive too.
The Kids Echo range features animal prints on top to make them more friendly to speak to, and the new Ring Dash Cam is set to be a big push this year.
Our prediction is that the new Fire TV Stick, and especially the new Fire TV Stick Lite, are going to be huge Amazon Prime Day deals this year.
Having just been launched, it would be odd if they get discounted already (although we can’t see a Prime Day where a Fire TV stick isn’t on sale for lower-than-RRP, so maybe it will) but as part of a bundle with other devices, we reckon this is going to be a big hitter.
What else is happening?
In the US, Amazon is facing new competition from its biggest rival: Walmart has just launched something called Walmart Plus, which is aimed at competing with Prime, at least when it comes to speedy shipping and everyday item discounts.
We’d expect some other retailers and brands to be launching competing sales at the same time to gain some of the spending frenzy that usually accompanies Prime Day (remember, last year Amazon made more money in July on its own sale than it did throughout Black Friday, which shows the importance to this brand), and we’ll be keeping you up to date with what the competitors are doing.
Oh, and let’s not forget the strong rumors right now that the iPhone is set to launch on the same day – if you’re an Apple fan and still want to pick up a cheap Echo, Ring Video Doorbell Pro or improve your home Wi-Fi network, make sure that you get your deals delving done early.
Prime Day gives Amazon a way to launch deals earlier than its competitors, as October isn’t quite fitting for even the earliest Black Friday deals. In other words, it’s going to be one long deals season over at Amazon, starting on October 13.
Britannica Acquires Leading Non-Partisan Issue-Information Source ProCon.org
- ProCon.org presents balanced, expert-authored arguments for and against each side of controversial issues
- It’s a valuable, popular site for teachers and students around the world
- ProCon.org’s commitment to balance and accuracy strengthens Britannica’s ability to elevate better information in the digital universe
- ProCon.org’s content will remain free
CHICAGO, May 29, 2020–The Britannica® Group today announced that it has acquired ProCon.org, the country’s leading source for information and research on all sides of the controversial issues of the day.
Serving more than 20 million online users each year, ProCon.org uses professional researchers and upholds rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 80 controversial issues, from gun control, immigration, and the Electoral College to vaping, mandatory school uniforms, and animal dissection as part of school experiments. Schools and teachers in all 50 U.S. states and 94 countries have used the site.
ProCon.org now becomes part of the Britannica product portfolio, and the company will maintain and expand its editorial content, which includes pages with well-researched pro and con arguments on major issues, lesson plans and other resources for teachers, and a collection of videos on critical thinking and a host of hotly debated topics. Britannica will continue serving students, teachers, and curious adults and to provide vital information to voters heading into the 2020 U.S. presidential and congressional elections.
The content at ProCon.org is freely available to the public and will remain so.
Britannica is committed to elevating better information in the digital universe and fighting knowledge dilution, according to Theodore Pappas, executive editor and chief development officer of Britannica and the new director of ProCon.org. Britannica has a host of initiatives, such as the company’s partnership with YouTube, aimed at fighting conspiracy theories and fake news. Taken together, they are making a substantial impact on the quality of the information environment. The ProCon.org acquisition is designed to fit seamlessly alongside these other programs.
“The ProCon format allows readers to get a balanced view of controversial topics, open their minds, cultivate empathy and hone their critical thinking,” said Pappas. “These skills are more important than ever today, in a world awash in questionable information and where sites with balanced views are difficult to find. ProCon.org will help us meet Britannica’s promise to ‘Save time. Learn more. Be Sure.’”
“I can’t think of anything more needed now, in an age of misinformation and intolerance for civil discourse, than critical thinking and a reasoned, balanced approach to understanding the controversial issues of the day, and that’s exactly what students and teachers alike have long found at ProCon.org. Britannica looks forward to furthering this worthy mission, in new and novel ways, for decades to come.”
“ProCon.org and its board of directors are thrilled that Encyclopaedia Britannica will be leading our organization well into the future,” said Steven Markoff, interim CEO and founder of ProCon.org. “Given Britannica’s incredible history of producing high-quality, nonpolitical, unbiased information for the world, and its technical expertise in the digital space, the 200 million readers and thousands of teachers who have relied on ProCon’s work for the past 15 years have much to look forward to with Britannica at its helm.”
ProCon.org was founded in 2004 as a nonprofit charity in California, headquartered in Santa Monica. ProCon.org is the country’s leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. Its mission is to promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format. By presenting issues in this way, it aims to improve student performance, increase civic engagement, strengthen personal resiliency, bridge political divides, and stimulate critical thinking – the #1 skill sought by employers and educators.
About the Britannica Group
The Britannica Group is a global knowledge leader. Its famed encyclopedia has been published since 1768, and Britannica has been a pioneer in digital learning since the 1980s. The company today serves the needs of students, lifelong learners, and professionals by providing curriculum products, language-study courses, digital encyclopedias, and professional readiness training through its extensive products.
The company has continued to pioneer and redefine information discovery within the technology and education fields, serving 156 countries and 150 million students worldwide in 16 languages. The company’s mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning has earned it the ranking of the #1 company to watch in the EdTech Digest ’s State of the EdTech report for 2019-2020. It is headquartered in Chicago.
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It’s a fantastic time to find cheap TVs with deals from top online retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Dell. You can discover record-low prices on some of the best TVs of 2020 from top brands like Samsung, Sony, LG, and more. There’s a rich range of features and prices, so there’s something for everyone’s needs and budgets.
To help guide you, we’ve rounded up the best TV deals we think are worthy of your time. You’ll find massive discounts on 4K TVs in different sizes and prices. You’ll also find savings on TVs that are powered by streaming services like the Fire TV and Roku experience which are fantastic ways to enjoy a huge range of optional streaming services.
To make things easier for you, our selection of cheap 4K TV deals has been split into different size categories and we’ve also picked a standout model from all the TV sales for our Deal of the Week prize too.
We’ll continue to update this page with new deals as we find them in the latest TV sales, so you can spend less time shopping, confident that you’re going to find the best TV prices on this one page. If you’re looking for the best deals in the UK, we’ve got you covered there too.
TechRadar’s best TV deal of the week:
Samsung 8-Series 50-inch UHD HDR 4K TV:
$429.99 $399.99 at Best Buy
A fantastic price for feature-packed mid-size TV, you can get the Samsung 50-inch TV on sale for $399.99. The 4K TV features smart capabilities and works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control.
This week’s other best cheap TV deals
Insignia 32-inch LED HD TV:
$149.99 $94.99 at Best Buy
If you’re working with a small space and budget, then you should check out this Insignia 32-inch TV that’s on sale for just $94.99 at Best Buy.
Toshiba 32-inch Smart HD Fire TV:
$179.99 $139.99 at Best Buy
Best Buy has the 32-inch HD TV on sale for $139.99. The smart TV includes a voice remote with Alexa and has the Fire TV experience built in so you can stream content directly from the home screen of your TV.
LG 49-inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV:
$269.99 $249.99 at Best Buy
You can get the LG 49-inch smart TV on sale for $249.99 at Best Buy. The UHD TV features smart capabilities and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice control.
TCL 43-inch 4-Series 4K Ultra HD Smart Roku TV:
$329.99 $268 at Amazon
Amazon has the TCL 43-inch 4K TV on sale at for $268. The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream your favorite content from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and more.
Sony 49-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV:
$749.99 $599.99 at Best Buy
Save $150 on the feature-packed Sony 49-inch 4K TV. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities and works with the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to control the TV.
Insignia 50-inch 4K Smart Fire TV:
$349.99 $299.99 at Best Buy
You can get the Insignia 50-inch 4K TV on sale for $299.99 at Best Buy. The mid-size 4K TV has the Fire TV experience built in and works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free control.
Samsung 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV:
$429.99 $329.99 at Best Buy
A fantastic deal, you can get the Samsung 50-inch 4K TV on sale for just $330 at Best Buy. The 4K TV features smart capabilities and delivers a bold, bright picture thanks to the PurColor technology.
Samsung 8-Series 50-inch UHD HDR 4K TV:
$429.99 $399.99 at Best Buy
A fantastic price for feature-packed mid-size TV, you can get the Samsung 50-inch TV on sale for $399.99. The 4K TV features smart capabilities and works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control.
LG 55-inch UN7000 Series 4K UHD Smart TV: $
499.99 $479.99 at Best Buy
You can snag a $20 discount on the LG UN7000 Series TV at Best Buy. The smart TV works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant and features ThinQ AI technology which allows your TV to become a smart home hub.
Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV:
$998 $749.99 at Dell
Get the feature-packed Sony 49-inch 4K TV on sale for $749.99 and receive a $150 Dell PROMO eGift Card. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities and works with the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to control the TV.
Samsung 65-inch 7-Series 4K Ultra HD Smart TV:
$549.99 $529.99 at Best Buy
Get the Samsung 65-inch 4K smart TV on sale for $529.99 at Best Buy. The 7-Series TV features a universal guide that allows you to find streaming content and live TV shows from the home screen of your TV.
TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV:
$1,099.99 $749.99 at Amazon
Amazon has the feature-packed TCL 65-inch 4K TV on sale for $749.99. The QLED TV has the Roku experience built in and features Dolby Vision HDR imaging that results in bold, bright images and sharp contrasts.
Sony 65-inch X900F Series 4K Ultra HD TV:
$1,199.99 $999.99 at Best Buy
Save $200 on the top-rated Sony 65-inch 4K TV at Best Buy. The X900F Series TV delivers a premium picture experience and works with the Google Assistant for voice control.
Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV:
$1,798 $1,398 at Dell
Get the feature-packed Sony 75-inch 4K TV on sale for $1,398 at Dell. The Ultra HD TV features smart capabilities and works with the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to control the TV.
Samsung Flat 65-Inch QLED 4K Q70 Series Smart TV:
$2,197.99 $1,666.77 at Amazon
Save a whopping $500+ on the Samsung 65-inch QLED Smart 4K TV. The QLED Series TV offers a premium picture experience with bold colors and sharp contrasts powered by Quantum Dots.
More cheap TVs by retailer:
Not found the right cheap TV for you today? Or maybe you’d prefer to directly browse the TVs at your favorite retailers instead of our highlights of the best TV deals? We’re updating this page on a regular basis, so you may have better look another day. If you want to take a look for yourself now though, here are the direct links to the full collection of TV sales at multiple stores.
Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. announces that the 290-MW Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant has begun commercial operations.
PS4 Pro bundle deals are a hot commodity this week, especially in the US where we’re all waiting for stocks to replenish, although you can still pick up a standalone for $399. We’re keeping a sharp lookout on the listings daily however, and we’ll be the first to let you know about any new PS4 Pro deals that crop up. If you’re visiting from the UK then we’ve got better news for you as there are several good PS4 Pro bundles to choose from, including a preorder on the brand new Last of Us II bundle at Amazon for £349.
With the PS5 launch nearing closer and closer, now’s actually a great time to grab yourself a cheap PS4 Pro as prices remain fairly low even with stock issues. In addition to the vast array of existing titles in the PS4 library, you’ll also likely have access to a whole new range of PlayStation exclusives really soon – and for cheap.
So, keep this page bookmarked to stay informed of the latest PS4 Pro bundles. If you’re looking for more information on the PS4 Pro, take a look at our handy Q&A below the deals. We’re also keeping an eye on future PS5 pre-orders if you’re hunting next-gen deals. Looking to buy in Australia? You’ll want to take a look at our AU page.
If you’d prefer a standard PS4, then check out our PS4 bundles (USA) or PS4 deals (UK) pages. Don’t forget to top up your subscription with one of our discounted PlayStation Plus deals too.
Today’s best PS4 Pro deals
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What is the usual PS4 Pro Price?
The PS4 Pro price sits at $399 MSRP in the US and £349 in the UK. That means if you spot a deal above these price points, it’s likely not going to be worth your cash unless it’s good some hefty goodies included.
PS4 Pro bundle deals (USA)
PS4 Pro bundles are in short supply right now in the US, with nearly all of the big retailers being sold out currently. However, over the years we’ve developed an eye for cheap PS4 Pro prices and there are still a few PS4 Pro deals to be had if you know where to look.
PS4 Pro 1TB | $399.99 at GameStop
PS4 Pro bundles are in short supply right now, as are consoles in general, which means this $399.99 offer from GameStop is one of your best options this week. Stock is running out on these consoles at other retailers, so take advantage of this inventory before it runs out.
PS4 Pro bundle deals (UK)
PS4 Pro 1TB | The Last of Us Part II bundle | £349.99 at Amazon
Amazon is currently taking preorders on the next big release bundle, including the hotly anticipated The Last of Us 2. This one’s not for kids, as Ellie’s back for vengeance this time, and it’s sure to be a bloody one. The real highlight of this bundle has to be the custom etched tattoo design on the PS4 and it’s included controller, something that sets it apart from the average PS4 Pro bundle.
PS4 Pro 1TB | Death Stranding bundle | £349 at Currys
Released to critical acclaim in 2019, Death Stranding is certainly one surreal action experience you won’t want to miss. Currys have just restocked on this excellent PS4 Pro bundles this week, so it’s a great time to pick one up right now. This PS4 bundle is also available at Very for the same price.
PS4 Pro 1TB | God of War Bundle| £349 at Currys
Another fantastic PS4 Pro bundle from Currys, and your chance to pick up a fan favourite and instant classic. God of War is a good choice for those of you who love a real hack and slash, a gorgeous world to explore, and the odd occasional family drama thrown in for good measure.
PS4 Pro 1TB | GTAV + The Last of Us | £349 at AO
This GTA V + The Last of Us bundle at AO is a great option if you haven’t dipped into the cast back catalog of great PS4 games yet. Both these games are oldies but goodies and real classics in our eyes, making this the perfect bang for the buck PS4 bundle.
PS4 Pro 1TB | Spider-Man + Lego Movie 2 | £349 at AO
Make the most of that 4K console with the visually stunning Marvel’s Spider-Man. By itself it’s a little old, so AO has sweetened the deal by throwing in a free copy of Lego Movie 2. If you’re after some spidey web-slinging, you’ll want to check out this saving with AO.
Need an extra controller on the cheap? Take a look at the best DualShock 4 deals. We also have a guide to the best PlayStation VR deals too.
Cheap PS4 game deals
Looking for something to pair your new PS4 Pro deal with? We’ve collected all the best prices on the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives right here.
Today’s best PS4 game deals
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DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment prices
If you were looking to add extra functionality to your PS4 controller, this DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment from Sony offers just that. The small device slips onto the back of your controller and provides two extra mappable buttons to play with. While it’s brand new to market, it’s so far been incredibly popular, so you might have to keep an eye out for stock to return, especially in the US. The best prices will be listed right here as soon as this device does hit shelves again, so be sure to check back soon if there’s none available right now.
Cheap PlayStation Plus deals
If you’re buying a PS4 Pro, you’ll probably need a cheap PlayStation Plus deal too. PlayStation Plus (aka PS Plus or PS+) allows you to play PS4 games online, along with access to the Instant Game Collection, a bunch of free games for your PS4 each month. The default price for a year is now £49.99. We’ve shopped around for you though and found a range of prices. So check out our guide of you want the best PlayStation Plus deals.
What is the PS4 Pro?
Essentially, the PS4 Pro is an upgrade of the PS4, rather than a ‘next-gen’ console. The keywords to take in from the PS4 Pro are 4K and HDR. The new machine will allow game developers to include 4K options in their games, so expect the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Uncharted 4, Spider-Man, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more to look even better on a 4K TV.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is the other buzzword to be excited about as the PS4 Pro will allow for extra detail to be seen on a range of games and also a wider range of colors not usually displayed by traditional HD TVs.
Will my old PS4 games work on PS4 Pro?
Absolutely. If you’re planning on upgrading to a PS4 Pro from an older PS4, all of your games will still work. Not every title will be patched to take advantage of the new 4K/HDR capabilities, but the default upscaling (if you have a 4K TV) will more than likely see some improvement to the visuals and the improved console power may give the frame-rate a boost on some titles.
What else can I watch in 4K/HDR on PS4 Pro?
The PS4 Pro is compatible with 4K and HDR, and the content options for both are increasing all the time on services like YouTube and Netflix. Amazon Prime Video is yet to be updated for 4K content on a PS4 Pro though, so you’ll need to check out the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K deals if you want to enjoy 4K Prime.
Does the PS4 Pro support 4K Blu-rays?
No. This was a surprise if we’re honest, especially as both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles do. It’s a bit of a gamble for Sony, but at the same time, 4K Blu-rays are very expensive for now and many consumers look to digital services to provide their 4K movies and TV content instead.
Do I need a 4K TV to run a PS4 Pro?
No, the PS4 Pro will still work on a regular 1080p TV, you won’t get the benefits of upscaling or HDR though. You may see a slim amount of extra detail, or frame-rate boost, but we wouldn’t expect a massive leap.
If you are thinking of buying a 4K TV soon, then it’s probably a good idea to splash out on the PS4 Pro instead of the regular or new PS4 Slim as it’ll future proof you for a while. Be sure to look out for a TV that supports HDR too, in order to take full advantage of the PS4 Pro’s capabilities.
Will PlayStation VR be better on the PS4 Pro?
Yes, but only a little. The PlayStation VR frame-rate is better on PS4 Pro and the resolution gets a bit of a bump too. PlayStation VR will certainly work on the older PS4s too, you don’t need a PS4 Pro to get involved there.
Does the PS4 Pro have optical audio support?
Yes! The optical audio output has been removed from the PS4 Slim though, which is a massive shame. PS4 Pro owners though will still be able to use optical connections for their soundbars and sound systems.
What are the best games on PS4 Pro?
We’ve dived through our back catalogue of PS4 games that have received a PS4 Pro update patch to see which ones look the best and have a noticeable difference. Take a look at our extensive feature – The best PS4 Pro games.
Homework improves student achievement.
Studies show that homework improves student achievement in terms of improved grades, test results, and the likelihood to attend college.
Research published in the High School Journal indicates that students who spent between 31 and 90 minutes each day on homework “scored about 40 points higher on the SAT-Mathematics subtest than their peers, who reported spending no time on homework each day, on average.”
On both standardized tests and grades, students in classes that were assigned homework outperformed 69% of students who didn’t have homework. A majority of studies on homework’s impact – 64% in one meta-study and 72% in another – showed that take home assignments were effective at improving academic achievement.
Research by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) concluded that increased homework led to better GPAs and higher probability of college attendance for high school boys. In fact, boys who attended college did more than three hours of additional homework per week in high school.
Too much homework can be harmful.
A poll of high school students in California found that 59% thought they had too much homework. 82% of respondents said that they were “often or always stressed by schoolwork.”
Alfie Kohn, an education and parenting expert, said, “Kids should have a chance to just be kids and do things they enjoy, particularly after spending six hours a day in school. After all, we adults need time just to chill out; it’s absurd to insist that children must be engaged in constructive activities right up until their heads hit the pillow.”
High-achieving high school students say too much homework leads to sleep deprivation and other health problems such as headaches, exhaustion, weight loss, and stomach problems.
Excessive homework leads to cheating: 90% of middle school students and 67% of high school students admit to copying someone else’s homework, and 43% of college students engaged in “unauthorized collaboration” on out-of-class assignments. Even parents take shortcuts on homework: 43% of those surveyed admitted to having completed a child’s assignment for them.
Homework helps to reinforce learning and develop good study habits and life skills.
Everyone knows that practice makes perfect. Students typically retain only 50% of the information teachers provide in class, and they need to apply that information in order to truly learn it.
Homework helps students to develop key skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as accountability, autonomy, discipline, time management, self-direction, critical thinking, and independent problem-solving.
A study of elementary school students who were taught “strategies to organize and complete homework,” such as prioritizing homework activities, collecting study materials, note-taking, and following directions, showed increased grades and positive comments on report cards.
Research by the City University of New York noted that “students who engage in self-regulatory processes while completing homework,” such as goal-setting, time management, and remaining focused, “are generally more motivated and are higher achievers than those who do not use these processes.”
Homework disadvantages low-income students.
41% of US kids live in low-income families, which are less likely to have access to the resources needed to complete homework, such as pens and paper, a computer, internet access, a quiet work space, and a parent at home to help. They are also more likely to have to work after school and on weekends, or look after younger siblings, leaving less time for homework.
A study by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation found that 96.5% of students across the country said they needed to use the internet for class assignments outside of school, and nearly half reported there had been times they were unable to complete their homework due to lack of access to the internet or a computer, sometimes resulting in lower grades.
Private tutoring is a more than $6 billion enterprise that further advantages students from wealthier families. A study published in the International Journal of Education and Social Science concluded that homework increases social inequality because it “potentially serves as a mechanism to further advantage those students who already experience some privilege in the school system while further disadvantaging those who may already be in a marginalized position.”
Homework allows parents to be involved with their child’s learning.
Thanks to take-home assignments, parents are able to track what their children are learning at school as well as their academic strengths and weaknesses.
Data from a nationwide sample of elementary school students show that parental involvement in homework can improve class performance, especially among economically disadvantaged African-American and Hispanic students.
Research from Johns Hopkins University found that an interactive homework process known as TIPS (Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork) improves student achievement: “Students in the TIPS group earned significantly higher report card grades after 18 weeks (1 TIPS assignment per week) than did non-TIPS students.”
Homework can also help clue parents in to the existence of any learning disabilities their children may have, allowing them to get help and adjust learning strategies as needed. Duke University professor Harris Cooper, PhD, noted, “Two parents once told me they refused to believe their child had a learning disability until homework revealed it to them.”
There is a lack of evidence that homework helps younger children.
An article published in the Review of Educational Research reported that “in elementary school, homework had no association with achievement gains” when measured by standardized tests results or grades.
Fourth grade students who did no homework got roughly the same score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) math exam as those who did 30 minutes of homework a night. Students who did 45 minutes or more of homework a night actually did worse.
Temple University professor Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, says that homework is not the most effective tool for young learners to apply new information: “They’re learning way more important skills when they’re not doing their homework.”
An entire elementary school district in Florida enacted a policy that replaced traditional homework with 20 minutes of reading each night – and students get to pick their reading material. A study by the University of Michigan found that reading for pleasure – but not homework – was “strongly associated with higher scores on all achievement tests” for children up to 12 years old.
Discussion Questions – Things to Think About
The past few weeks have seen every conceivable element of everyday life disrupted by the coronavirus and the measures enacted to contain its spread. The challenges to public health, the economy, and to society have been unprecedented.
Schools, shops and offices have shut down, with thousands of jobs lost or furloughed. Friends and family are unable to visit each other, while the home has become the centre of education, entertainment and work.
The situation has elevated the role of communications infrastructure significantly. Mobile and broadband networks have been essential for communicating with colleagues and loved ones, accessing business applications or education resources, and for entertainment purposes that lessen the constraints of restricted movement.
There had been fears that these networks would struggle under the weight of additional data traffic but any predicted meltdown has failed to materialise. Most networks have been built to withstand peak demands, while major streaming services have reduced transmission quality at the request of the EU. The signs are that the dramatic growth on traffic has now plateaued.
Connectivity has never been as important to the functioning of society, so it comes as a surprise that mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) are not reaping the benefits on their balance sheets or the stock market. Part of the reason is that communications providers have high fixed costs and must continue to invest in infrastructure without a way of monetising this explosion in demand – at least not immediately. A decline in share prices reflects that.
A report from Analysys Mason suggests that telecoms revenue in developed markets will fall by 3.4 per cent this year, a reversal from the firm’s original growth forecast of 0.7 per cent prior to the crisis. Analysts anticipate there will be a return to growth of 0.8 per cent in 2021, but this will still be down on 2019 levels. Overall, the economic impact will be more than $40 billion in both 2020 and 2021.
The chief reason for this downturn is the slowing economy. The estimates are based on an assumption that global GDP will fall by 6 percent in 2020, a figure which has inevitable repercussions for business spend on communications services. Increased demand for remote working connectivity will not offset the impact of business closures, higher unemployment levels, and temporary office and retail shutdowns. Mobile operators will be disproportionately affected by reduced business travel, with revenues expected to fall by 12 per cent in 2020.
The good news is that the consumer market, which accounts for 68 per cent of all telecoms income is fairly resilient. Both broadband and mobile will be viewed as essential for work and home entertainment and it is unlikely that economic pressure will see consumers dispense with these vital services.
5G and roaming
The mobile sector has traditionally been solid during past economic downturns, but the key difference on this occasion is that the population’s mobility is restricted by government guidelines. People are using mobile networks less because they are confined to their homes and using their home Wi-Fi networks. Mobile data might be increasing in some countries but will account for a lower proportion of all data traffic as customers use their fixed connection as their primary source of connectivity.
A more medium-term threat is that operators find it difficult to sell larger data allowances when there is no need for the,. A slowdown in smartphone sales will also make it difficult to shift 5G data plans, viewed as a key source of growth for the industry. Just 61.8 million devices were shifted in February 2020, down from 99.2 million last year. This 38 per cent decline is the biggest fall off in smartphone market history.
Although the market will recover through delayed purchases and as supply chain disruption eases, a global recession might encourage consumers to opt for cheaper devices or decided against an upgrade that would also renew their contract. On top of all this, travel restrictions will see mobile operators lose as much as $25 billion lost roaming revenue according to Juniper Research.
The rollout of and 5G could also suffer from restrictions on movement and supply chain issues. It may be more of a challenge to obtain equipment and to send out engineers, while a number of European countries have delayed the auction of 5G spectrum. Ericsson has already told investors that it fears coronavirus could delay the pace of rollout.
The above evidence might paint a picture of doom and gloom but the reality is that the communications industry is fairly resilient and will rebound quickly once the crisis is over. Telcos are in a strong cashflow position to weather the storm and will benefit from delayed purchases and increased spend. This in turn will see additional investments in infrastructure, with both the private and public sectors eyeing opportunities.
“Telecoms should stay healthier than almost any industry in this crisis,” said Rupert Wood, resrarch director and Analysys Mason. “Telecoms should show some of the strongest post-crisis investment, in part because cashflow is more resilient in the telecoms sector than it is most others, and because some governments will emphasise 5G and fibre in stimulus packages.”
There may also be indirect benefits from an enhanced reputation. Operators have offered additional data allowances, offered free access to education and health resources, and pledged not to leave anyone disconnected. Coupled with the relative reliability of broadband and mobile services, and their ability to absorb additional demand, will inspire confidence among a public eager to complain about outages and poor customer service.
Changing user behaviours could be an unexpected boost. O2 is reporting a 25 per cent increase in the volume of phone calls and a 30 per cent increase in duration – bucking the trend of declining traditional revenues.
Whereas making calls on the move was once considered the raison d’être of the mobile phone when it first arrived in the 1980s, priorities of mobile users have shifted significantly since the first iPhone and first Android devices launched a decade ago.
The popularity of over the top (OTT) applications like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, coupled with the preference of younger demographics to use instant messaging, has led to a recent downward trend in terms of voice traffic.
O2 has said younger demographics are making more calls than before and are now less anxious about speaking on the phone. Whether this translates to a long-term revival of voice remains to be seen. Consumers might return to their old ways when they can see their friends once again, or they might decide to opt for Zoom or another application.
Perhaps more promising is the greater technical literacy among older generations. A quarter of over-55s say they are considering buying a new or their first smartphone due to the pandemic, such is the desire to keep in contact.
A good proportion of the revenue lost during the coronavirus crisis may be gone forever, never to find its way into the coffers of operators. Falling revenues are hardly ever a good thing but there is no need for the sector to be alarmed. As the past few weeks have shown, connectivity is king.
Disney has an interesting relationship with movie sequels. While it often makes business sense for the company to pursue a follow-up film with the number ‘2’ in front of it, these titles have historically been seen as of secondary importance – often going straight to VHS, or DVD, whatever the ‘dump’ technology of that day might be.
That means there are plenty of Disney fans who have yet to experience the sequel stories of Hercules, The Little Mermaid, or Cinderella’s Jack Jack (he falls in love!) – which we won’t accept in a time when the Disney Plus streaming service offers a way to simultaneously reach a massive global audience of Disney aficionados.
Disney Plus is a slick portal for navigating decades worth of Disney movies and shows – not to mention Marvel TV shows and Star Wars films – and is the natural place to see some of our favorite Disney characters go through new trials and tribulations. (Happy endings don’t last in real life either, ok?)
With that in mind, we’ve brought together five Disney movies that have yet to get a sequel, and are ripe for either a second feature film or tie-in series for the Disney Plus platform.
More than anything else, in a time of indoors-living, as more and more films are skipping cinemas and going straight-to-stream, these are the Disney films we wish we could watch back-to-back with a worthy sequel.
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1. Moana (2016)
I am Moana. Thanks to Lin Manuel-Miranda’s heart-stirring lyrics, a gorgeously 3D-animated world, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson playing a loveable (if selfish) scamp of a demigod, Moana is one of the best Disney movies of recent years.
Disney is reportedly in talks to make a sequel, but with nothing confirmed, we’re still having to cross our fingers until Moana 2 gets the green light. What makes Moana so perfect for a sequel, though, is where the first film leaves off – with her island tribe travelling out across the water to search shores anew.
There’s plenty of potential for ocean-driven narratives, whether that’s the trials of constant transit, the struggle to keep a sense of community on the seas, or possibly a search for the parents that abandoned Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in the first place. More songs from the creator of Hamilton are a necessity – and more gods and goddesses from Polynesian mythology wouldn’t go amiss either.
2. Zootropolis (2016)
With Zootropolis releasing in the same year as Moana, this was the first time Walt Disney Animation Studios had put out two feature films in the same year since the release of Treasure Planet and Lilo & Stitch in 2002.
Called Zootopia in the UK, this Disney movie imagines an animal society where prey and predator live peacefully side-by-side. Cheetahs and bison, lions and sheep, have put aside their ‘historical’ differences to create a working society – that is, until predators start going beserk and reverting to feral states. It’s up to a newly-minted police office – the first bunny to join the Zootropolis force – to figure out the mystery with the help of a suave conman fox.
Despite touching on such heady topics as workplace discrimination, biological essentialism, and societal division, it’s still a breezy and enjoyable film – helped by brilliant animation and a cameo role by Shakira as a popstar gazelle.
3. Tangled (2010)
This 2020 Disney adventure reimagines the story of Rapunzel to great effect. The animation is excellent, despite it now being a decade old, with boundary-pushing CGI techniques bringing its world to life in vivid detail. It’s helped by some quirky touches, like Rapunzel’s chameleon companion – and the charmingly vain love interest, voiced by Shazam!’s Zachary Levi.
It’s a lighter story then some of the more moving Disney films out there, with spontaneously singing taverns and thuggish twins toeing the line between cut-out stereotypes and loving tribute to the fairy tale tradition. As an exploration of gaslighting, though, it’s surprisingly progressive – and there’s plenty of stories to be told now that Rapunzel is truly free and out in the world.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Yes, this is a Disney movie. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion classic from Tim Burton, the quirky mind who brought us Beetlejuice and (more recently) the live-action Dumbo reboot. It follows a demotivated skeleton living in Halloween town, and trying to put excitement into affairs by… putting himself in charge of Christmas instead. Cue plenty of spooks and ghouls, unforgettable songs, and a kidnapping of Santa Claus himself.
Is it a Christmas movie? A Halloween movie? The Nightmare Before Christmas has had us arguing the finer points of the two genres for decades now – but the main reason for a sequel is how the initial film hinted at several other worlds beyond its own, one for each major holiday.
If there was any way to get a St Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving crossover movie, this would be the way to do it. Or maybe just more of Jack Skellington: at this point, we’ll take anything.
5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Who can forget this movie? Blending live-action with 2D animation techniques, it did the unthinkable, showing off a wide cast of beloved Looney Tunes characters alongside real-life actors – including Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd – and pulling off the combination with aplomb.
It follows a private investigator, played by the late Bob Hoskins – yes, from that wonderfully bad Super Mario Bros. movie – looking into a murder in 1940s Brooklyn. Except, of course, that this version of Brooklyn is one where humans and cartoon characters (‘toons’) live side by side, like some kind of weird, cross-dimensional Zootropolis.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is unnerving, heartwarming, and a visual delight – with some breathtakingly good twists – and over 20 years later, it’s overdue a follow-up.
Car hire tips in Santorini
Lots of companies provide services for car hire in Santorini at the port or at the airport. This has resulted in more car hire companies running in and around the airport. But only Santorini Rent A Car has the best special offers for costumers.
Car Hire Santorini Planning
Think about the size of the car you will need. An economy car is more affordable in terms of rental rates in addition to fuel expenses. A smaller vehicle will improve gas mileage. You might need a bigger car if you are taking a trip with your family or a bigger group. Otherwise, a compact is a good choice.
Think about insurance coverage when you are preparing to rent a car. You might have protection with your car insurance coverage or credit card business.
Book ahead of time for any Santorini car hire. You will pay more if you do not reserve in advance. In addition, your options may be limited. If you are taking a trip in the busy season, which is summer season, you may not get the vehicle you need. In the really busy weeks, you may not have the ability to get a car at all.
To hire a car, you will need the appropriate documents. Numerous companies have a minimum age requirement for rentals.
Examine the vehicle prior to you leave. Call these to the attention of the company’s agent. You do not desire to be blamed later for damage that was currently there when you picked up the vehicle.
Comparing Companies for Santorini Car Hire
The rates for the same car can differ significantly from business to business. Compare fundamental rates and the fees for bonus. Some use all inclusive rental plans, while others charge for extras. These extras can consist of insurance, mileage, the cost of extra chauffeurs, airport taxes and other fees.
Learn what is included in the rate you are quoted. Have the clerk compute all expenditures at the time you are offered the quote if the business charges a basic rate with include on charges for bonus. This will offer you a more reliable comparison.
Get the agreement in composing and be sure to get a verification number. You don’t wish to go through all the work of comparing rates only to wind up paying a greater rate later on. A quote in composing with a confirmation number for your booking will assist you prevent headaches later on.
Compare the expense for picking the car at the airport or leasing in Fira or Oia. In most cases, there is no genuine distinction in expense. In other cases, you may save cash by employing a car in the city. The majority of business will supply transport to and from the airport. In general, it is cheaper if you pick up and drop off the car in the very same place, whether it’s in the city or at the airport.
Compare daily and weekly rates with each business. The weekly rates are typically cheaper. It may still be less pricey to book the vehicle at the weekly rate if you are staying 5 days. You can still return the car earlier and save cash.
Search for special offers for your car hire. You may get a discount rate on a car hire if you reserve your flight through a travel representative. Organizations such as AAA or travel clubs often offer discounted rates to members. Travel magazines often contain vouchers for rental charges. Discover and use any discount rate you can to conserve cash.
Lots of companies use services for car hire in the capital city or at the airport. Think about insurance when you are planning a car hire. To work with a car, you will require the appropriate documentation. In other cases, you may conserve cash by hiring a car in the city. If you schedule your flight through a travel representative, you may get a discount on a car hire.
The best Santorini car rental guide
When they’re on getaway, the majority of people are interested in car leasing. What lots of travellers may not understand is that car rental in the United States, or North America in basic, is different than vehicle rentals in other countries like Greece.
Car rental in the United States is typically really easy to do. The much better known, and maybe most safe, car leasing companies can easily be found in a phone book like your regional White or Yellow Pages. It’s even possible to find vehicle rental companies on the Internet. If you’re searching for a car leasing in Santorini, all you need to do is take the phone numbers you find online, and call each cars and truck rental firm. Request for the agency’s area, vehicle availability and partnerships with any hotels or airlines. Do not forget to inquire about any unique deals or rates, like group rates.
A lot of American car leasing firms provide pick-up at no extra expense, even if just a couple of market this function. If an car rental company doesn’t provide pick-up, then ask if the firm will reimburse the cost of cab fare.
And don’t feel like you have to buy extra vehicle insurance from an American vehicle rental firm. If you don’t have vehicle insurance under your name, it’s an excellent concept to accept the offer of vehicle rental insurance coverage from the firm.
In the United States, you’ll need to be a minimum of 25-years-old to be able to get a cars and truck from a car rental firm. Some will give you a vehicle rental if you’re younger, however you’ll need to pay a much higher expense.
The procedure for car rentals in other nations like Europe is usually a bit different than in the United States. Naturally, for Santorini car leasing you won’t be able to search in your local Yellow Pages phone-book. But you need to be able to collect all the info you require for organizing a foreign vehicle leasing on the Internet.
European or other foreign cars leasing are typically much smaller sized than American car rentals. The minimum age for car rentals in European countries is likewise 25, however this age differs between car rental companies and countries.
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